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10th Region Boys Basketball Preview & Rankings

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Here are our rankings of all sixteen teams in the 10th Region, followed by the top ten players:

1. George Rogers Clark

Coach: Josh Cook (7th season)
Key Losses: Tanner Walton (12.2), Aden Slone (6.8), Stanley Smothers (2.6).

The champions of last year’s Sweet Sixteen return as favorites to win the 10th Region crown for the 2022-23 season.

The high-powered Cards offense averaged 81 points a game last season. While the Cardinals lost three key contributors, they still return 6’4″ senior Jerone Morton, the best player in the 10th Region. One could say Morton “only” averaged 18.7 ppg last season. But GRC’s balanced scoring attack had three players averaging over 10 points per game, and Morton was able to share the ball voluntarily and trust his teammates to knock down shots.

The Cardinals were so balanced, in fact, that one could argue they had the best five players in the 10th Region as their starting five; an all-star team.

The Cardinals will lose Tanner Walton and arguably the best true point guard in the region last year, Aden Slone. Despite their losses, they still return guard Sam Parrish and 6’8″ Trent Edwards (Read more about them in our top ten players section).

Clark’s defense held teams last year to an average of 51 points and grabbed almost 34 rebounds a game. This year’s team’s average height is 6’3″, and you can expect them to be prepared defensively and rebound the ball exceptionally well again.

Coming off a historic season, the Cards aren’t satisfied. Their returning three-headed monster of Morton, Edwards, and Parrish keep them on the hunt for the 2023 Sweet Sixteen. Repeating as the only team to end your season with a win is a tall task. The last to do it was Louisville Fairdale in 90-91, and before that was Louisville Male in 70-71.

2. Mason County

Coach: Brian Kirk (5th season)
Key Losses: Nate Mitchell (15.7), Mason Butler (4.1), Julius Booker (2.8).

The Royals finished last season with a 24-6 record, losing to eventual state champion GRC in the 10th Region semifinals 57-45. The two didn’t play during the regular season. However, Mason gave Clark their closest game in regional play.

They proved they are still kings of the 39th District by defeating Augusta 63-52 and Bracken County 64-54. The next step for Mason County, though, is reclaiming the 10th Region title.

Their last state tournament appearance came in 2016 under Buddy Biggs, when they defeated Brian Kirk’s Augusta team in the region championship at Montgomery County. Before 2016 it was in 2012, again at Montgomery County. In fact, Mason County has not cut down the region nets in the Fieldhouse since 2010.

Returning senior Terrell Henry led the Royals to the district championship with a monster 22 and 21 game. They also return Philip Bierley, a 6’1″ forward who averaged 8.6 and 6.3 last year. Braylon Hamilton seemingly came out of nowhere last year, shooting 45.6% from three.

Outside of Terrell Henry, their second-best player will be a committee of all-around solid players who will have their own big nights throughout the season. Last year, the Royals had a collection of key role players and supporting cast on a deep bench that saw 10 players in over half the games, and 8 players in over 24 games.

Mason County’s fast-paced offense and defense helped them score nearly 70 points per game and held their opponents to under 60 points. The Royals will have a ton of length and rebounding ability with Henry, Bierley, and new addition Riley Mastin. One question that remains will be the Royals’ backcourt, which took big losses to graduation from Mason Butler and Nate Mitchell.

The Royals’ all-around high attributes give them the number two ranking to start the season. They are great in transition and are tough to guard because everyone can score if needed. They get to the paint well and have numerous knockdown shooters. They also rebound well and play intense defense which make them tough to beat. In his now five seasons, Brian Kirk has proven the program’s ability to develop players and recover their losses to graduation annually.

3. Bracken County

Coach: Adam Reed (4th season)
Key Losses: Payton Tully-Gilvin (3.6), Garrett Reynolds (3.4).

The Polar Bears had their best season in 67 years. They won their first All ‘A’ Region Championship since 1998 and won their first game ever at All ‘A’ State. Adam Reed’s squad finished as 10th Region Runner-Up and had their most wins since 1955.

Now what?

Adam Reed’s team still has glass ceilings to break in the program. A good place to start would be the 39th District. Bracken County still hasn’t won a district title since 1998. It was the most anticipated matchup in the region last year, as Mason and Bracken did not play in the regular season.

Bracken County lost their “big man” Payton Gilvin, who brought extra toughness and size inside for the Polar Bears. They also lost Garrett Reynolds, who quit the team.

They return junior Austin Norton (4.4) who has developed into a now 6’2-1/2″ athlete with excellent defense. Also included is junior Devante Jefferson (6.7), who scored 19 points in Bracken County’s 2-OT win over Campbell County in the region semifinals. Hitting the wining put-back in that game is senior JuShod Commodore (5.7), who provided some size and strength inside and was another key defender.

New names to the Brooksville bunch include Chase Archibald, who transferred from Augusta in December last year. He averaged 8.1 points last year and was a starter. The KHSAA has not ruled on his immediate eligibility. However, his last date of varsity competition was on January 8 in the All A vs. Bracken County. So, if that KHSAA does not grant him a transfer waiver, he will be eligible on January 9th, 2023.

Another new player is junior guard Colin Combess who is playing basketball again after a three-year hiatus. Jackson Whitten will be a blessing for the Polar Bears once he gets accustomed to the varsity level and recovers from a broken ankle suffered during a preseason football scrimmage. As a 6’4″ football player, Whitten will provide much-needed height and strength.

Now to the Reed brothers. The two make for an exciting backcourt that can score on and guard anyone in the region. They rank as the second- and fifth-best players in the region, respectively. They are fun to watch and ou can read more about them in our players section.

Adam Reed’s teams have improved every year he has been at the helm, and Reed was named 10th Region Coach of the Year last year in their historic season. Last year they were listed as low as 12th in some region rankings.

You either love them or you hate them. Some will say they are a bunch of cocky hotheads that talk trash and lead the region in technicals. Others will say they are passionate, emotional, and play with no fear and ruthless aggression, something that the culture of basketball in Brooksville has not had in a long time.

4. Harrison County

Coach: Terrance Brooks (3rd season)
Key Losses: Braylon Hinton (8.1), Clay Carpenter (6.8), Richard Harris (7.9).

The Thorobreds finished with a 20 and 9 record last year and reclaimed the 38th District championship. The Thorobreds are heavy favorites to repeat as district champions, but their goal is to reclaim the region title for the first time since 1997.

Harrison took some big losses. They lost Braylon Hinton, Clay Carpenter, and big man Richard Harris.

They return junior leader Kaydon Custard as one of the most athletic players in the region. They return their big man junior Will Furnish at 6’11” and 6’5″ senior wing JD Kendall. Kendall was the number two man last year, averaging 8.8 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Also returning are two key defenders at guard Mason Smiley (3.9) and forward Garrett Wilson (3.6). Elijah Harris will also see the floor as a supporting point guard.

5. Campbell County

Coach: Aric Russell (13th season)
Key Losses: Des Davie (17.5), Garrett Siry (4.1).

The Dean of the 10th Region, Aric Russell, and his Camels are the toughest out come tournament time.

2014: Champion
2015: Champion
2016: 1-point loss to Mason County (First Round)
2017: 1-point loss to Scott (Finals)
2018: Champion
2019: Champion
2020: 17-point loss to Montgomery County (Semifinals)
2021: 1-point loss to GRC (Finals)
2022: 2-point loss to Bracken County (Semifinals)

While the Camels have won 4 region titles under Russell, they have also lost on four buzzer-beaters. We have the links to those attached, but it may be (definitely is) hard to watch if you support the purple and gold.

Campbell County did lose the best big man in the region in the offseason. He averaged a double-double last year with 17.5 points and 11.7 rebounds.

What Campbell County does return, though, is a group of players committed and 100% bought into the best coach in the region’s philosophy. The Camels’ motto seems to be “Play Hard, Play Smart, and Play Together”; their hustle and effort, their high basketball IQ and coachable acquiescence, and their selfless attitude.

They also have a knack for taking and making high-percentage shots. Every player on their team shot over 37.5% from the field. Six players who saw quality minutes shot at or over 40% from the 3-point line as well, which was their team average. Their team field goal percentage was 47.5%.

They do return leading scorer Aydan Hamilton, who averaged 19.6 and 5.7. Also returning are guards Jake Gross (12.0), Keegan Hill (5.0), and Garyn Jackson (3.0).

The Camels return a ton of experience. Seven of their players were in at least 29 games last season. This also means that seven of their key players will be motivated to avenge their heartbreaking loss to Bracken County last year. So, as always, look out for the Camels in March as their team improves with every game they play and get better as the season goes on.

6. Montgomery County

Coach: Jon Bentley (2nd season)
Key Losses: None

Jon Bentley took over at Montgomery County in July of 2022. He inherited one of the toughest schedules in the region, but the young and inexperienced Indians fought to a 12-15 record.

Last year’s team disappointingly fell at home in the first round of the district tournament to Paris, who they had beaten twice in the regular season.

Coach Jon Bentley is no stranger to building a program. The Hazard and EKU basketball grad took over a 4-23 Estill County team in the summer of 2010. The next season the Engineers went 18-14. In 2018, they won the 14th Region Championship. This will be Bentley’s first full off-season in Mt. Sterling.

MoCo returns key seniors, Trey Carroll and Alex Hatton. However, they will miss some time at the beginning of the season due to injuries. Carroll averaged 12.3 points a game last year, and big man (and 6’4″, 220-pound QB) Hatton averaged 6.4 points and 7.6 rebounds a game.

They also return key players who saw quality minutes last year such as Dawson Gentry (7.1), Hayden Stull (6.6), and Breccan Decker (4.7).

Also returning is Luke Fawns, son of Billy Ray Fawns (1995 10th Region legend). Luke is now a freshman and had a solid 8th-grade year, averaging 12.3 and 4.5. Fawns is listed at 6’5″ and 180 pounds. Last year, the Indians had an all-around solid scoring team with no real go-to man. But look for the young “fawn” to grow into one the best players in the region when his time comes.

Montgomery County has a chance to be a dark horse in the region. Do not be surprised to see them knock off someone in the top five at some point during the season.

7. Bishop Brossart

Coach: Ben Franzen (1st season)
Key Losses: David Govan (14.9).

Written by Dave Schabell.

The 2022-23 Brossart Mustangs, under the direction of first-year head coach, Ben Franzen, will return seven seniors who all saw plenty of varsity action a year ago.  The one missing piece will be the loss to graduation of 6’6” David Govan (14.9ppg, 6.5 RPG).  

With their lone big man being 6’3”, 195lbs, Luke Schumacher, Brossart will be forced to employ a more up-tempo style than in the past.  It will be their goal to avenge the 8 games that they lost within 4 points, while posting a 12-19 record a year ago.

Along with Schumacher, they return Mason Sepate, who played alongside of Stephen Verst and Carson Schirmer in 20-21 and contributed 7.7 ppg, and a solid guard corps, comprised of Brandon Bezold,  Anthony Kruse, and Logan Woosley.

The Mustangs anticipate the return of a healthy Sam Willike who was plagued with injuries a year back, and look for a bust-out year from veteran “Swiss army knife,” Jack Poe.  The roster is also populated with a plethora of sophomores, with Joe Schroeder, Dom Hadden, Keegan Gulley, Alex Combs and Landon Geyer possible varsity contributors.

They are under the direction of first year head coach Ben Franzen. Franzen is a local boy who grew up and went to grade school at Sts. Peter and Paul grade school, and played his high school baseball and basketball career at Campbell County High School.  Ben has coaching experience from Highlands where he was the Freshman basketball coach for three seasons,  where he won the 9th Region Freshman Championship once.  He then joined Coach Scott Ruthsatz’s staff at Covington Catholic, where he served as the Junior Varsity team coach.  From 2016 through 2018 he guided the Colonels to a 47-0 record that included a pair of Northern Kentucky JV Championships.  

8. Augusta

Coach: Jason Hinson (4th season)
Key Losses: Kason Hinson (16.0), Riley Mastin (15.5), Chase Archibald (8.1), Evan Brooks (2.3).

Written by Todd Kelsch.

Last season, the Augusta Panthers finished with a respectable 15-12 record. The Panthers battled through a lot of adversity but were able to come together and finish the season 7-2 in the last nine games. Ultimately, the Panthers fell to Mason County in the district semifinals to end the season. 

Augusta will be without point guard and captain Kason Hinson, who averaged 16 points per game last season. Center Riley Mastin transferred within the 39th District to Mason County. Mastin averaged 15.5 points per game last season for the Panthers. 

Augusta will look to replace these two enormous losses with players who will be stepping into much bigger roles. L.J. Conner will take a much larger role as a senior leader and take on most of the ball-handling duties. Conner will look to improve upon his 12 points per game in his junior season as well.

Seniors Gage Scudder and Braydon Appleman will also be counted on to lead this team, Scudder with his defensive-minded approach and Appleman with his pick-and-pop skill set. Kylan Hinson will now be counted on to take a much larger role on both offense and on defense as rim protector.

Kylan has become a more physical player and has become a more aggressive offensive threat from the inside and the outside, where he shot 34.4% from three-point range a season ago.

Conner Snapp is now a four-year varsity starter in his junior season. His leadership ability and versatility have been vital for the Panthers each of the last three seasons. Snapp will now be more assertive on offense and has always been counted on to defend opponents’ best wing players.

Will Kelsch comes into this season after being an important 6th man last season. Kelsch uses his wide frame on the interior to rebound at an elite level. Kelsch also has incredible vision in both the mid-post and low-post.

For the 2022-23 season, the Augusta Panthers expect to contend for a 39th District championship and a 10th Region All A Championship. The team will be an exciting team to watch as the coaching staff expects this team to be a high-scoring offensive team and a hardworking defensive team.

This team is different from Coach Hinson’s previous three seasons since coming back to Augusta. This club has depth, with several players coming off the bench expecting to contribute.

Junior Tristan Klingelhoffer provides energy and defensive toughness. Sophomore Keeton Bach is a natural wing scorer, a threat at all three levels. Sophomore Noland Young is a high-IQ forward that played all five positions for junior varsity last season as a freshman. Sophomore Noah Nelson is another offensive juggernaut with an elite three-point shot. And sophomore Lamarcus Conner will be a great on-ball defender and backup point guard.

The Augusta Panthers are always eager to battle with 39th District rivals Mason County, St. Patrick, and Bracken County and, as always, make a run at the 10th Region All A Classic championship. But this team has also marked two midseason tournaments where they want to perform really well and rack up wins, the Mason County Invitational Tournament and the Nicholas County Basketball Classic. The Panthers will face two tough opponents in the opening rounds of those tournaments in McCracken County and Pike County Central.

9. Scott

Coach: Steve Fromeyer (7th season)
Key Losses: Cameron Patterson (7.7), Mitchell Minor (6.8), Mason Helm (4.1), Riley Huff (3.1).

Last year was a difficult season with a difficult schedule. The Eagles finished 7-21, and were a disappointing 1-6 in possession games last year. In fact, all four district games were decided by 2 points or less.

Scott lost seven seniors and two starters last year. They do return big man Nolan Hunter who averaged 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. They also return Brayden Howell (11.8) and Dylan Griffen (6.8).

Some strengths for Scott, says skipper Steve Fromeyer, are their athleticism, coachability, and work ethic. Scott’s goal this year is to try and knock off Campbell County and their eight-straight district championship run and to contend for a region championship again.

10. Nicholas County

Coach: John-Michael Reitz (4th season)
Key Losses: Ethan Sexton (5.8).

Nicholas County returns key players like Lincoln Morris, who averaged 9.1 points, and 5.7 rebounds. They also have Preston Blake, Tate Letcher, and Jacob Hatton.

The Bluejackets have high hopes on their junior guard Wyatt Clark. Reitz is hoping Clark can lead them to their first 10th Region Tournament appearance in over a decade. Clark averaged 22.5 points per game last season.

11. Pendleton County

Coach: Sam Elsbernd (4th season)
Key Losses: Braydon Kidwell (13.7), (Hunter Cox (8.1).

The Wildcats are still trying to find success after losing Dontaie Allen in 2019. Last year they finished 3-26. One of their wins, however, was over district foe Nicholas County.

Pendleton County loses their leading scorer Braydon Kidwell. They do return a lot of experience. Ethan Verst had 6.1 and 1.3. Connor Neltner and Alex Beyst also return.

Coach Elsbernd’s team will have a good shot at knocking off the Bluejackets and securing a number two seed in the district. Expect two very good games between the two this season.

12. Paris

Coach: Shawn Ransom (1st season)
Key Losses: Tyzian White (8.8), Kentarrion Downey (8.8).

Written by Ivan Rice.

The Paris Greyhounds will be under new leadership this basketball season with Paris native Shawn Ransom taking over the program. He replaced former Head Coach George Baker, who stepped away from the position over the summer after two seasons. 

Paris, coming off their first regional appearance since 2018, a year ago, thanks to a miraculous second-half comeback against Montgomery County in the 40th District Tournament, will rely heavily on freshman Malachi Ashford and junior Jakari Ransom. They are arguably two of the better players in the 10th region.

Ransom led the Hounds in scoring as a sophomore, averaging a little under 15 points a game, while Ashford averaged just under 12 a game. Both are very capable on any given night to put up 30 points or more, which they have done on numerous occasions.

After Ransom and Ashford, it will be a guessing game on who will be the other key members on the team but the crystal ball tells us that junior Cordre Patterson, sophomore Kaden Frederick, as well as seniors Christian Blackwell and Elijah Bishop will need to move their game up a few levels if the Hounds are hoping for a repeat from last season.

The Hounds will need to play good defense and block out to make up for the lack of size up front but if they can get help from a few of the football kids that just finished their season, quickness could be a key for the team. 

For now, it’s just a wait-and-see approach for this Paris team! 

13. Bourbon County

Coach: Derek Robinson (1st season)
Key Losses: Sean Reece (4.4).

Written by Ivan Rice.

Bourbon County Colonels all-time leading scorer Derek Robinson will start his first season as the head boys basketball coach at his alma mater after switching over from the girls’ position that he held for one season. Robinson takes over for Lamont Campbell, who guided the team for six seasons. 

 Robinson inherits a team that finished 4-24 a year ago that lost their last 14 games. 

Heading the returnees will be senior guard Todd Dumphord. The two-year starter will be a key to the team’s success because after losing so many of last season’s squad, the jury is still out on who will help Dumphord when the season officially starts in two weeks. 

When looking at the Colonels’ roster, names that many will probably hear throughout the year will be senior sharpshooter Cain Flynn, along with sophomore Kaden Hilander and fellow senior Miles Ezell, who was a standout soccer player for the Colonels, who will add a lot of quickness to the team. In addition, look for freshman big man Nash Wilson to bang it around a little when he hits the court.

There’s no secret that Robison will need to rebuild the program, but when you take a look at their schedule, rebuilding needs to be right now. Bourbon’s first six games to open the season will be against Bracken County, Knox Central, Mason County, cross-town rival Paris, West Jessamine and Woodford County. Throw in district foes Montgomery County and defending state champion George Rogers Clark, along with Scott County, Bryan Station and Shelby County, Colonel nation better be patient because whoever made this schedule, didn’t do Robinson any favors.

Give him time!

14. Calvary Christian

Coach: Orlando Donaldson (5th season)
Key Losses: Ethan Mulling (20.2), Luke Ruwe (16.7), Gavin Yusko (9.5), Caleb Howard (4.1), Jordan Corbin (2.5), Nicholas Keating (2.5), Caleb Browning (1.5), Trenton McCarthy (0.9), Brent Smith (0.4).

It is hard to preview a team that lost almost their entire roster from last season.

The Cougars only return 0.6 points per game on offense from Race Zachary. It will be a big rebuilding year for the Cougars, who have routinely proved that they can compete with the big dogs in the 37th district.

The only problem is that although Calvary Christian has competed with Bishop Brossart, Campbell County, and Scott, they still have yet to get passed them come tournament time.

15. Robertson County

Coach: Thomas Mitchell, Jr. (1st season)
Key Losses: Justin Becker (32.4), Joshua Pilosky (10.6), Brady Boyd (7.8), Carson Gay (5.9).

The Black Devils lost their best player in school history last season and finished with a 13-21. Justin Becker averaged 32.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game last year and won 10th Region Player of the Year. Becker finished his career with 3,171 points and 1,200 rebounds; both are in the top 25 in state history.

Jacob Burden, now a junior, returns after averaging 6.4 points and 4 rebounds last year. A bright spot for Robertson County is they return 6 seniors. However, they still have a lot of inexperience after the massive loss of players in the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

16. St. Patrick

Coach: Tony Moore (3rd season)
Key Losses: Chase Walton (19.8), Allan Briseno (11.6), Braxton Swagner (5.2), Samuel Porter (5.1), Caleb Poczatek (4.9).

After rumors of them not having a varsity team this year, the Saints continue to battle dwindling enrollment and will field a varsity team this season. Tony Moore is in his third season as head coach and has been around the game a long time.

Unfortunately for the Saints, They lost big man Chase Walton who averaged a double-double in a 5-24 season last year.

The Saints, however, have a chance to advance in the 10th Region All ‘A’ Classic as they take on someone in a similar situation, Calvary Christian, in the opening round. They haven’t had a winning season in a decade and have finished as the last team in the region for four straight seasons.

Top 10 Players:

1. Jerone Morton

Senior – George Rogers Clark (Click link to see Hudl highlights)
The Cards lead man helped guide GRC to the 2022 Sweet Sixteen title and won MVP of the state tournament as well. Morton averaged 18.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in a loaded Clark offense. The 6’4″ guard does it all. His length makes him one of the best rebounders and defenders in the region. He also shot 38.5% from 3 and nearly 50% from the field last year. Jerone Morton committed to play basketball at Morehead this summer.

2. Blake Reed

Junior – Bracken County
The Polar Bear guard helped Bracken County to their best season in over half a century. At 5’11”, he averaged 28.5 points per game with 968 points on the season, both school records. Reed sits at number 2 on the all-time scoring list and is on pace to break King Kelly Coleman’s scoring record (after Travis Perry does it). The now junior has 2,624 points. Reed is an excellent shooter and has the ability to create his own shots. He also is a sneakily good passer and a key defender for the Polar Bears. Reed took an unofficial visit to Morehead State and visits Thomas More soon.

3. Terrell Henry

Senior – Mason County
The Royals wide receiver is still in football mode. Henry averaged 20.5 points and 7.1 rebounds last year. More impressive is offensive efficiency, as he shot 40.5% from 3 and 61.2% on field goals. Even more impressive than that is his rebounding and defensive ability. Henry had a monster 22-point and 21-rebound game in the 39th District Championship vs. Bracken County. Henry is still enjoying a historic 12-0 football run.

4. Trent Edwards

Senior – George Rogers Clark
The 6’8 wing had numerous poster-worthy dunks last year with plenty of alley-oops. Edwards averaged 12.8 points and grabbed 5.8 rebounds a game last year. Those numbers will probably increase with the loss of Tanner Walton, who was their leading rebounder. Edwards handles the ball exceptionally well and gets down the floor quickly in transition with his long strides. Even with his skinner frame, Edwards has plenty of post moves to score in the paint. On defense, he has the ability to alter and block any shot with his long wingspan.

5. Cayden Reed

Sophomore – Bracken County
The 5’10” sophomore guard is known for his unrelenting defense and impressive quickness. The younger Reed had 135 steals last season, which was 7th most in state history. He is, without a doubt, the quickest player and best defender in the 10th Region, which puts him at number 5 on the list. This year he will have the opportunity to guard Travis Perry, Evan Ipsaro, and possibly even Reed Sheppard in LexCath Holiday Classic. What he is not known for but does very well is rebound and pass. Cayden averaged 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds (leading the team), and 4.3 assists per game.

6. Kaydon Custard

Junior – Harrison County
The Thorobreds QB is ready to get back on the court. Last year, he scored 14.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Custard is an athletic guard with great leadership ability and facilitates the Thorobreds offense. He also shot an outstanding 49.2% from the field.

7. Aydan Hamilton

Senior – Campbell County
Another great dual-sport athlete is Aydan Hamilton, who is committed to play baseball at Kentucky. Hamilton is the type of player Aric Russell has continually developed at Campbell County. He is one the most athletic players in the region with a high basketball IQ. Aydan averaged 19.6 points and 5.7 rebounds last season, shooting 41% from three. Standing at 6’4″, Hamilton is also one of the better defensive players and rebounders in the region.

8. Samuel Parrish

Senior – George Rogers Clark
13.3 points and 4.2 rebounds does not tell the story of how good of a guard for the Cards Parrish was last season. Being the second leading scorer for last year’s GRC team was a formidable task, given the stars he was playing with. Samuel led the team in scoring in the state semifinals with 16 points when they beat Lincoln County in 2-OT. Parrish shot 53.6% from the field and 35.9% from three.

9. Wyatt Clark

Junior – Nicholas County
The Bluejacket star averaged 22.7 points and 4.7 rebounds last year. Mr. Mullet will play a big role in Nicholas County’s success. Last year he took three times more shots than anyone else on the team.

10. Riley Mastin

Senior – Mason County
Mastin is now a Royal after playing 19 games for the Augusta Panthers last season. 19 games due to a nagging shoulder injury, but in the 19 games, he averaged 15.5 points and 10.1 rebounds. During his freshmen year, Mastin shot 95% from the free throw line. his junior year, he dropped to 68.2%, an apparent symptom of the shoulder injury he gritted through most of the year. One challenge for Mastin will be adjusting to another school and another coach, as this will be his third high school in four seasons. However, we predict Mastin to have his best year yet, and that gives him the last nod in our top ten.

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